[Comp-neuro] Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Neuroscience, at RIKEN BSI

hiroyuki nakahara hnx at brain.riken.jp
Wed Oct 7 07:03:31 CEST 2009

Postdoctoral positions available 

Postdoctoral positions are available for studying neural valuation and
associated decision making in the laboratory of Dr. Hiro Nakahara (the
Laboratory for Integrated Theoretical Neuroscience) at RIKEN Brain
Science Institute. A major focus of the research for these positions is
to develop theoretical and/or computational models for a normative
understanding (e.g. reinforcement learning framework and statistical
inference) of neural valuation/decision systems, further linking to a
mechanistic or circuit-level understanding, in consideration of the rich
repertory of behavioral and neurophysiological data. For general
information on our laboratory, see http://www.itn.brain.riken.jp. 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. We seek exceptionally talented candidates
with a strong background in theoretical neuroscience. Solid experience
in theoretical neuroscience research, with a strong analytical
background and a ready ability to acquire new information in
experimental literature (e.g. cognitive and behavioral neuroscience), is
essential. Research experience in decision making and/or valuation,
possibly including basal ganglia functions (and/or the frontal cortices),
is a major plus. Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. Matlab or
equivalent) is expected. Good communication and writing skills are
essential. A good balance of independence and collegiality in research
is required. 

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (URL: www.brain.riken.jp) is located
near Tokyo, Japan. It uses English as the working language, and provides
an international, vigorous, and interactive environment not only for
computational neuroscience but also for a broad range of disciplines in

These positions can start immediately, but consideration will be also
given to candidates who would prefer a later start date. Consideration
of applications will start immediately, but all applications sent to us
by November 10th will be equally considered. Appointment is on an annual
basis, and starting salaries will be commensurate with relevant ability
and experience. Subsequent contracts will be determined and renewed
annually, upon review, for possibly up to five years. 

Interested candidates should apply to itninfo at brain.riken.jp with the
following: a cover letter, CV, a statement of research skills and
interests, contact details of three references with a brief description
of your relationship to each reference, and (optional) any additional
information you think might be useful (e.g. additional skills and
background, general interests, and so on). Informal enquiries are also

Hiro Nakahara
Lab for Integrated Theoretical Neuroscience
RIKEN Brain Science Institute
2-1 Hirosawa Wako
Saitama, 351-0198 Japan

hiroyuki nakahara 

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